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ERIC Number: EJ1002790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
On Wittgenstein's Extension of the Domain of Aesthetic Education: Intransitive Knowledge and Ethics
Escalera, Carla Carmona
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n3 p53-68 Fall 2012
Ludwig Wittgenstein gave priority to aesthetics over other disciplines due to its invaluable capacities for revealing certain aspects of the nature of human understanding and for guiding our actions toward an ethical life. Although Wittgenstein did not focus on these issues in a systematic way, these worries were present in his philosophy during his lifetime. That is why I use a very wide range of his writings, from the "Tractatus" to letters and diaries. Aesthetic inquiries can throw light upon the existence of an intransitive understanding--that is, a kind of knowledge that cannot be expressed by language shared by all competent users of a language. I also discuss Wittgenstein's conception of ethics in order to explain the close relationship that he proposed between ethics and aesthetics. I hope this will clarify why he believed there was so much to learn from paintings, films, music, poems, or novels. I compare works of art and religious belief and how the former can help us to guide our lives as the latter does. I do this while extending the scope and claiming the importance of aesthetic education, given that it can help us to deal with our nature and with our history.
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Language: English
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